Galion Oktoberfest: Gone for This Year but Coming Back

Yesterday, the Galion Oktoberfest group and Experience Galion notified the public that there would be no Oktoberfest this year, after 40 years of hosting an Oktoberfest, and I was putting together a post about that....

After all, it's a really sad thing when a 40-year standing tradition falls by the wayside.

Original notice of Oktoberfest cancellation 2018


Galion Oktoberfest is Back On (for 2019)!


So today, I was really excited to see an update on Facebook from a stand-up Galion citizen, Jim Hedges, who has volunteered to take on the task of getting it set up for next year - SO - it's not gone forever!



I'll be back with updates when it's closer, but I wanted to let everyone know what's going on for now - to summarize - there's no 2018 Oktoberfest - but there will be a 2019 Oktoberfest thanks to Mr. Hedges.

The History of the Oktoberfest


While Galion's Oktoberfest only goes back 40 years, the history of the Oktoberfest goes back over 200 years, according to The History Channel.

The original Oktoberfest was the wedding celebration when Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen married the Bavarian Crown Prince Louis who later became King Louis I of Bavaria.

Horse races and other festivities marked the day, and today's Oktoberfest in its Bavarian home, now called Wies'n, begins in late September and (talk about knowing how to have a good time) goes on until the last Sunday in October.

(I have to admit, I ALWAYS wondered why on earth an Oktoberfest would be held in September - I mean - shouldn't the name really be Septemberfest if it isn't held in October?)

So, what are your plans for fall activities in Galion?

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